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2023 I2SL Conference & Technology Fair

Hilton Anaheim 777 W. Convention Way Anaheim, CA
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Sunday, October 22, 2023 - Wednesday, October 25, 2023
7:30 am
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Join our team at the 2023 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Conference and Technology Fair in Anaheim, CA, to learn about the challenges of decarbonization and ways the I2SL community can help address them.

Principal and Global Science + Technology Leader, Chris Ertl, AIA, LEED AP and Senior Principal and Chief Climate Officer, Prem Sundharam, AIA, WELL AP, will be presenting a session on, “Challenging the Status Quo: A Total Carbon Approach to Labs”.

Chris Ertl and Prem Sundharam

Principal and Global Science + Technology Leader, Chris Ertl, AIA, LEED AP and Senior Principal and Chief Climate Officer, Prem Sundharam, AIA, WELL AP

Several approaches to designing a net zero laboratory have been developed to mitigate the staggering energy use of this building type. The carbon intensity that is inherent in labs presents designers with a unique challenge. These highly complex facilities demand far greater ventilation than most building types and use energy-intensive equipment that is often in operation 24 hours a day.

Labs also need robust structural systems to limit building vibration and support heavy imposed loads. Structural systems, typically made up of concrete and steel, contain high quantities of embodied carbon, and cause a real problem to the goals of carbon neutrality.

In our session, we will analyze tried and true methods that drive labs towards net zero and will challenge the status quo of sustainable laboratory design to look at leading edge opportunities that should be considered to transform how laboratories perform to meet the energy use and embodied carbon challenges facing the world.

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